Respirators

Filtering facepiece respirators (FFR), which are sometimes called disposable respirators, are subject to various regulatory standards around the world. These standards specify certain required physical properties and performance characteristics in order for respirators to claim compliance with the particular standard. During pandemic or emergency situations, health authorities often reference these standards when making respirator recommendations, stating, for example, that certain populations should use an “N95, FFP2, or equivalent” respirator. This document is only intended to help clarify some key similarities between such references, specifically to the following FFR performance standards: • N95 (United States NIOSH-42CFR84) • FFP2 (Europe EN 149-2001) • KN95 (China GB2626-2006) • P2 (Australia/New Zealand AS/NZA 1716:2012) • Korea 1st class (Korea KMOEL – 2017-64) • DS (Japan JMHLW-Notification 214, 2018) As shown in the following summary table, respirators certified as meeting these standards can be expected to function very similarly to one another, based on the performance requirements stated in the standards and confirmed during conformity testing.

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